[nobe-l] Fwd: [BANA-Announce] Braille Formats Implementation Date Release

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu May 24 13:20:38 UTC 2012

>Press Release
>May 2012
>For Immediate Release
>CONTACT: Frances Mary D'Andrea, Chair
>Braille Authority of North America
>Phone: 412-521-5797
>Email: <mailto:literacy2 at mindspring.com>literacy2 at mindspring.com
>Implementation Date Set for 2011 Braille Formats
>On April 24, BANA released the new Braille Formats: Principles of 
>Print-to-Braille Transcription, 2011. This completely revised 
>publication is available in three accessible electronic versions: 
>enhanced PDF, BRF, and online HTML. These are available at 
><http://www.brailleauthority.org/>www.brailleauthority.org and are 
>offered without charge. Print and braille versions will be available 
>for purchase from the American Printing House for the Blind later this year.
>This is an extensive revision of the previous formats publication. 
>Appendix A of the new publication provides a quick reference of 
>changes and additions.
>The official implementation date for use of Braille Formats 2011 is 
>January 1, 2013. The principles set forth in the Braille Formats 
>2011 supersede all previous formats documents, including the rules 
>and appendices regarding formatting given in English Braille 
>American Edition (EBAE).
>BANA wishes to thank the tireless members of the Braille Formats 
>Technical Committee and their Chair Lynnette Taylor for their decade 
>of work and commitment that made this publication possible.
>Direct link to this press release on the BANA website: 
>For additional resource information, visit 
>The mission and purpose of the Braille Authority of North America 
>are to assure literacy for tactile readers through the 
>standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics. BANA promotes 
>and facilitates the use, teaching, and production of braille. It 
>publishes rules, interprets, and renders opinions pertaining to 
>braille in all existing codes. It deals with codes now in existence 
>or to be developed in the future, in collaboration with other 
>countries using English braille. In exercising its function and 
>authority, BANA considers the effects of its decisions on other 
>existing braille codes and formats; the ease of production by 
>various methods; and acceptability to readers.
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